Coaching change nets success for Capitals

Posted: Friday, December 12, 2003

WASHINGTON Maybe a coaching change was all the Washington Capitals needed.

Playing with more speed and energy, the Capitals made coach Glen Hanlon's debut a successful one, scoring three quick first-period goals in a 6-5 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

Jaromir Jagr, Peter Bondra, Dainius Zubrus, Matt Pettinger, Bates Battaglia and Jeff Halpern all scored for the Capitals, who broke a three-game losing streak and moved out of league's cellar.

Bruce Cassidy was dismissed Wednesday, just 28 games into his second season.

Senators 3, Lightning 2

OTTAWA Marian Hossa ended a 10-game goal-scoring drought and Patrick Lalime made 22 saves to lead Ottawa over Tampa Bay.

Radek Bonk and Bryan Smolinski also scored for the Senators, who improved to 4-1-1 in their last six games.

Dave Andreychuk and Ruslan Fedotenko scored for the Lightning, who played their fifth game in eight days. Tampa Bay, which has lost two in a row, is just 2-6-2 in its last 10.

Maple Leafs 1, Wild 0

ST. PAUL, Minn. Ed Belfour stopped 28 shots for his third shutout of the season, and Tom Fitzgerald scored to lead the Maple Leafs over the Wild.

It was Toronto's eighth straight road win, and the 10th consecutive game in which the Northeast Division-leading Maple Leafs earned a point. The victory was Toronto's ninth in its last 10 games, with a 3-2 overtime loss to St. Louis on Tuesday the only blemish.

Belfour's 68th career shutout moved him into 11th place on the NHL's all-time list. He's also second among active goaltenders behind New Jersey's Martin Brodeur, who has 70.

Kings 4, Predators 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Ziggy Palffy scored two goals and added an assist as Los Angeles beat Nashville.

Luc Robitaille and Jason Holland also scored for the Kings, who are 3-0-0-2 in their last five games.

Kings goalie Roman Cechmanek left at 11:33 of the first period after bruising his hip when he collided with the Predators' David Legwand and didn't return. Cristobal Huet replaced Cechmanek and stopped 29 of 30 shots.

Nashville prevented being shutout for the second time this season by the Kings when Martin Erat scored on a power play at 18:32 of the second period.

Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 3, OT

CHICAGO Mark Bell scored 15 seconds into overtime to give the Blackhawks a win over Detroit and end their 14-game winless streak.

Bell slid a shot past Curtis Joseph with one hand despite being pulled down by defenseman Jason Woolley as he skated down the slot. The Blackhawks were 0-9-2-3 during their slump.

Brendan Shanahan scored with 1:08 left in the third period and Joseph on the bench for an extra attacker to tie it for the Red Wings and send it to overtime.

Flames 1, Hurricanes 0

CALGARY, Alberta Shean Donovan scored in the third period, and Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 23 shots for his first shutout with Calgary.

Donovan, who had a six-game scoring streak snapped Tuesday in Minnesota, scored his team-leading 12th of the season 1:45 into the third period.

Avalanche 1, Canucks 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia Ed Jovanovski scored on an end-to-end rush 6:02 into the third period to lift Vancouver into a tie with Colorado.

Rookie Alex Auld, a surprise starter after being recalled from Manitoba of the AHL on Tuesday, made 27 saves for the Canucks.

Rob Blake scored early, and David Aebischer made 19 of his 37 saves in the third period as the Avalanche hung on and extended their unbeaten streak to seven games.

Sharks 2, Oilers 2

SAN JOSE, Calif. Patrick Marleau scored two goals and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 42 shots in his first start in nearly three weeks, leading San Jose to a tie with Edmonton.

Jason Smith and Ales Hemsky scored for the Oilers, who failed to convert several late scoring chances while falling to 0-3-3-1 in San Jose since March 27, 2000. Ty Conklin stopped 28 shots for Edmonton, which is 1-7-1 in its last nine games.

With their NHL-leading 10th tie of the season, the Sharks matched the longest home unbeaten streak in franchise history by earning a point in their seventh straight game at the Shark Tank (3-0-4).

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